Phosphorescent: Live from the Bitter End 2024

Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck (photo by Gus Philippas for FUV)
by Alisa Ali | 04/08/2024 | 12:01am

Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck (photo by Gus Philippas for FUV)

Nashville-based Matthew Houck is the luminous gent who performs as Phosphorescent. His eighth album, Revelator, was released on April 5 on Verve Records, his first album in six years.

Houck, who performed an intimate solo set at New York's The Bitter End for FUV Live, delved into the songs from Revelator, an album that explores how dread and weariness can creep into life even when things seem to be going well.

During this stripped-back set, which just featured Houck and his electric guitar, he assured the crowd that he's actually a really happy guy who just happens to write sad songs. He talked about finding inspiration for Revelator everywhere, from his own family (including his partner Jo Schornikow) to a bathroom wall in an Atlanta bar. In addition to songs from his latest album, Houck included some vintage gems in his set, including "Song for Zula" from 2013's Muchacho.

[Recorded 1/23/24; Engineered by Jim O'Hara; produced by Meghan Offtermatt]

Set List:

  • Revelator
  • The World Is Ending
  • Impossible House
  • Any Old Miracle
  •  C'est La Vie #2
  • Wide As Heaven
  • New Birth
  • Song for Zula


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